Coronavirus: School reopening, worship centres, others caused second wave – Prof. Abayomi

The number of deaths associated with the coronavirus in Lagos state rose to 181 on Wednesday with four more deaths, said the state's Health Commissioner Professor Akin Abayomi.

The Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has attributed the reasons for the second wave of COVID-19 to the opening of the economy, the reopening of schools, large religious congregations and social gatherings, among others.

A statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Health quoted the commissioner as saying this while providing an update on the state government’s response to the second wave of COVID-19 at a press conference held in Ikeja on Monday.

The statement titled ‘COVID-19: Lagos admonishes residents’, was signed by LSMOH Director of Public Affairs Tunbosun Ogunbanwo.

“Abayomi attributed the reason for the second wave of COVID19 to include, opening the economy; general laxity, false sense of security and non-adherence to security guidelines by citizens; reopening of schools; large religious congregations, and social gatherings and entertainment, ”the statement said.

Abayomi also said that citizens would have to make lifestyle adjustments by adhering to all non-pharmaceutical interventions in order to live with the global pandemic.

He explained that the lifestyle adjustment that citizens will adopt would include adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols, including proper and regular use of the mask, following social distancing guidelines, and avoiding mass gatherings.

Others, according to him, are drinking and practicing regular hand and respiratory hygiene, undergoing tests if symptomatic, isolating themselves if positive, and presenting to an isolation center for follow-up.

He noted that “COVID-19 positivity for travelers arriving in Lagos is increasing with an increase of eight percent this week alone and four percent cumulatively.”

This, he attributed, to the large number of Nigerians from the diaspora returning to spend the yuletide in Lagos.

“Passengers are also required, prior to boarding, to complete an online health declaration / self-report form located on Nigeria’s international travel portal, which must be submitted online or printed for presentation on arrival in Nigeria.

“Upon arrival in Nigeria, passengers must show proof of payment with an appointment to repeat the PCR test in the country, after which the passengers will be cleared through the Nigerian Immigration Service.

“Passengers must proceed with a seven-day self-isolation per protocol and report to the designated accredited sample collection sites on the seventh day of arrival. Passengers who test negative after seven days will end their self-isolation on the eighth day, ”explained the Commissioner.

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